Prince William might be causing a stir with his partying antics in Switzerland, but the future King of England and the Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge have been busy making plans to move to Kensington Palace in the Northern Hemisphere autumn.
According to sources, the couple’s soon-to-be 400-year-old new digs are too cramped for their liking, so they’re doing what any young family would do by adding an extension out the back. But how do you make a ‘cramped’ palace larger? Build a huge two-storey basement extension, of course.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plan to move out of Amner Hall in Norfolk and move into Kensington Palace before Prince George starts school and to take a more active role in official duties.
According to The Telegraph UK, the Historic Royal Palaces officials have submitted a proposal for a three-storey extension, with two of them going underground, to accommodate for the Royal couple and their two children — Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
“The addition of a basement story is required to allow for the accommodation of administration which must necessarily be moved out of rooms leased from the Royal Household in Kensington Palace,” reads the official application.
Measuring at almost 464.5-square-metres, the extension will be designed to “free up the palace suites for the Royal Family” and will move the palace staff and the ceremonial dress collection into the new two-storey basement area. It will feature light wells, and will join to the 22 rooms and two kitchens that Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will call home.
Mega-luxurious underground extensions like this have been termed ‘iceberg basements’ in the UK.
There’s been backlash in the country against these controversial ‘iceberg’ extensions which are being create underneath some of England’s most expensive area, which has led to a strict new policy being implemented by the Kensington & Chelsea Council which would normally mean Kensington Palace’s proposal would be denied. It seems when the Royal Family want to renovate, they’ll make exception to the rule.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, are also moving into the Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace at the end of the year.
Source: homes.nine com au
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